By NITZ ARANCON
CITY hall and the capitol yesterday stepped up disaster risk reduction management operations in anticipation of heavy rains because of how tropical depression “Falcon” has enhanced the southwest monsoon.
Nick Jabagat, chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said his group was monitoring the weather situation here “24/7.”
Jabagat’s subordinates have been ordered to man the office in three shifts daily so that they would be able to respond to emergency calls.
“Bisan ang bagyo tu-a ra sa northern Luzon pero apiktado man ta dinhi sa hanging habagat, mao nang dili ta magkompiyansa,” Jabagat said.
Capitol spokesman Florito “Carlo” Dugaduga said similar measures are in place at the capitol.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said while Mindanao is not directly affected by “Falcon,” moderate to heavy rains are expected in because of the enhanced southwest monsoon.
Catherine Asunto, Pagasa weather specialist, said more localized thunderstorms are anticipated in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.
“Falcon” is forecast to exit Philippine territory on Friday.